Roland "Tim" Adrian Tarr
Sep 7, 1936 - Jan 17, 2017
- Roland (Tim) Adrian Tarr, 80, of Blue Hill, died peacefully surrounded by his wife and children at his home on January 17, 2017. Tim was born September 7, 1936 in Glenburn, Maine and spent his youth in central Maine where he played fullback for MCI in Pittsfield. Upon graduation, he entered the Air Force and served in the Air National Guard, thus fueling his love of flying. After his service, he worked in construction; specializing in running heavy equipment.
In 1959 he married his sweetheart Gloria Edith (Glavine). They were married for 57 years and had six children. In 1964, Tim began his career as a Maine Game Warden, working on the Blue Hill Peninsula and later as a pilot for the Maine Warden Service in Northern Maine. He thoroughly enjoyed serving as a Game Warden and accumulated and retold countless stories with a twinkle in his eyes, of the "ones that got away", poachers, and rescues of people and animals in danger. He was known for being fair, respectful, and persistent; being a good marksman; and was most proud that he never pulled or used his service revolver during altercations or arrests. He retired in 1984.
Tim and a friend built two airplanes for personal use, which flew him all over Maine. His flight stories included dropping food bundles at a Boy Scout campsite, finding remote fishing holes, visiting family, and simply enjoying the beauty of Maine. This passion for flying and fishing along with his love of animals was shared with his children and grandchildren. He bought his first commercial fishing boat in 1979 and later built another boat aptly named the Gloria E. Over the years he fished according to the season: scalloping, shrimping, tuna fishing, and lobstering; he continued hauling traps until 2014.
He is survived by his devoted wife Gloria and their six children: Tracey Tarr with Jay Witcher; Michelle Lamprell with Jeff Karcher; Michael Tarr and wife Beth-Ellen Tarr-Edwards; David and wife Joyce Tarr; Heidi Tarr and husband Tim Hagelin; Holli Tarr and husband Matt Hinderliter. He was "Poppy" to his twelve grandchildren: Simon (and wife Mouna), Timmy, and Samantha Lamprell; Stephen and Tyler Tarr; Ellenore, Grace, Ruth, and Margaret Tarr; Elsa Molarsky; Katherine and Margaret Hinderliter; and one great-grandson, Adam Lamprell.
A memorial service will be planned for late June to celebrate his life. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to SPCA of Hancock County and The Tree of Life Food Pantry in Blue Hill.